Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


Edition 2016


Tributes and Retrospectives - Jean-Luc Godard


Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Screenplay: François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard
DOP: Raoul Coutard
Production: Societé Nouvelle de Cinéma


A film by Jean-Luc Godard

Michel Poiccard kills a police officer that was following him. In Paris he is reunited with his american friend Patricia Franchini, who sells the “New York Herald Tribune” on the street. Michel wants to convince her to join him on a trip to Italy. But the police identify the killer. Patricia will denounce Michel.
  • Cast:

    Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Jean-Pierre Melville, Liliane David, Henry-Jacques Huet, Van Doude, Claude Mansard, Michel Fabre, Jean-Luc Godard, Gérard Brach, Jean Domarchi, Richard Balducci, Roger Hanin, Jean-Louis Richard, André S. Labarthe, Jacques Siclier, Michel Mourlet, Jean Douchet, Jean Herman, Philippe de Broca, Guido Orlando, Jacques Serguine, Virginie Ullmann, Emile Villion, José Bénazéraf, Raymond Ravambaz
  • Original Title:

    À bout de souffle
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  • Year:

  • 89’


Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Screenplay: François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard
DOP: Raoul Coutard
Production: Societé Nouvelle de Cinéma


Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard is undeniably the contemporary filmmaker whose thought and film work were the most influential on modern cinema and other artistic domains, arousing extensive and valuable theoretical and critical analysis to this day,

His work spans several movements - from the principles defended during his time as a critic for Cahiers du Cinéma and put into action in the New Wave aesthetics, of which he was a leading figure (with his seminal Breathless preceding a series of equally remarkable titles such as My Life to Live, Contempt, Pierrot le Fou, Made in U.S.A. or the caustic Week End, where the end of cinema itself is declared), to the more recent, experimental film-essays (Film Socialisme and Goodbye to Language), not to mention his most radical period (of the Dziga Vertov Group). Both aesthetically and politically, Godard created an immense and challenging body of work.

His work is profoundly reflexive, full of citations, references and allusions of several origins (cinematographic, literary, musical, philosophical, scientific, political), capable of merging “high” and “low” culture, working in an innovative way with archive footage, video (the whole SonImage production, a company he established with Anne-Marie Miéville in 1972, is a small world to be discovered) and 3D. Always with an absolutely unmistakable signature, Godard’s work challenges History (and the history of cinema, with a small climax in the monumental Histoire(s) du Cinéma), the traumas of our time and the language (and its limits) with which we (do not) communicate.

It is to this indispensable author that the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival pays homage in its 10th edition, presenting a complete retrospective of his films and an International Symposium, Godard vu par....
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